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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
81
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382 Ratings
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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jale on 01-23-2011

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Ratings: 382 | Reviews: 101
Reviews by knepper:
Photo of knepper
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gaudy straw yellow; very clear until the last two ounces are swirled around in the can to release the dregs into the glass. Smells musty and lemony. Taste is crisp, tart yet balanced with some sweetness, floral and grassy, and the yeast gives that musty quality that I really enjoy. Cereal grains also come through. Overall, a great beer and one I look forward to drinking in the spring time.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saison from a can? Yes, please! Farm Hand pours a golden apple juice color; a vibrant shade of yellow casts over it with a transparacy all throughout while a mild chill haze abducts the center of the brew. Very volatile on the pour - a big, soapy, bone-white cap froths up quickly and shows decent retention, albeit poor lacing.

The aroma is "farm-y" indeed, with a nice collage of scents coming together; musk, cheesy funk, light apple skins, thick yeast, bready malts. Seemingly effervescent and crisp, although I wish there were a larger fruit compontent. The funk of the brew isn't on par with Brett, it's more muted, less tart, and actually a little bit more damp and musty. Nothing super powerful or robust, but still a solid collection of refreshing saison aromas.

Farm Hand is a little more vibrant on the palate, esepcially when talking about the fruitiness. Funky apples, lemon zest, and white grape skins are the first things to hit my tongue. They're far from sour, but still provide a subtle, yet sharp hint of tartness that only gets stronger as the beer gets warmer. The taste confirms the fact that this beer is definitely a nice, refreshing choice for a hot day.

More bouts of musty funk hit immediately after the fruit spike, along with some wet woody (though I don't believe this ever touched wood), faint, spicy esters, and even a touch of barnyard. Again, not quite reminiscent of Brett, but this brew still has a decent funk to it. It's dry as hell in the finish, like licking a cactus, with a highly carbonated, thin body and a crisp mouth feel.

In a market that's saturated with tons of great saisons, this one doesn't quite stack up. It does, however, still provide a nice, simple example of the style with a pleasant amount of yeast, funk, and fruit, while remaining readily available (in Michigan, at least) and highly affordable. Nothing excellent, but a great choice for what it is.

Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a pale yellow with a large, rocky white head.

S: Orange and peach fruit aromas mix with a mild spice and pepper. A low barnyard funk and a touch of sour aroma. There is a soft Pils malt aroma and a a light spicy hops aroma.

T: Fruit dominate the flavor as much as it did in the aroma with a medium-high orange an moderate pear followed by a nice touch of pepper. There is again a low Pils malt and moderate spicy hops. There is a low sourness and almost brett like funk. The medium-high bitterness carries into the aftertaste following a very dry finish.

M: Moderately-light bodies with medium-high carbonation. There is a light dry prickle from all the carbonation.

O: A well done Saison that is dry and refreshing with a good fruitiness and decently high bitterness.

Photo of Jason
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, no freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed pale yellowish straw, head suffers but some lacing stays

SMELL: Lemon zest, nutty yeast, grapenuts, bread crust, parsley, esters

TASTE: Crisp, snappy, rustic, grainy, dried hay, animal feed, lemon peel, nutty, bone dry, plums, estery

First few sips my palate was smack around a bit. The full depth of the grain used starts coming through, the unmalted grains really to make their mark on the palate. Very refreshing and something completely different from the normal to what "farmhouse" ales are commercially available right now.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours hazy yellow. the aroma was promising. taste was slightly bitter but very thin. not all that great. i didn't hate it. i won't buy it again.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Ann Arbor, MI.
Hazy yellow gold with a good bit of visible carbonation. Smallish head.
Easy drinking with only a touch of funk.
T: lightly yeasty and fruity flavor with a clear apricot note. Has a nice sweet/tart balance but clearly leans to the tart side.

O: refreshing and very drinkable version of the style with a good bit of complexity.

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a very light hazy yellow color to it and was served with no head or lacing on the glass.

There was quit a sour aroma to it that made the mouth water. You knew right away there would be some lemon flavor to this beer.

This beer turned out to be a sour malty lemon beer that finished very crisply.

One of the major contributors to this beers mouthfeel is its high level of carbonation. This gave the beer a very unique feel that I particularly enjoyed.

This is a very unique beer I really enjoyed.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow that turns just a bit hazy with the last pour. There is a frothy white foam that pops away to a thick ring of foam and some strands of slow bubbles.

S- The full aroma of bread dough yeast has some slight bright bread dough note to it in the finish.

T- The bright tartness is followed by a bread dough yeast flavor that has some bitterness and earthy hops with a citrus zest note that lingers. The bread yeast is back in the aftertaste after the dry finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- I love saisons but I just can't get past the Vivant yeast. It taste to much like raw bread dough yeast and it is the dominating flavor. This one is just not for my taste.

Photo of DJSpidey
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is, by far, my favorite from Brewery Vivant. I have had it on tap at a beer event, on tap in their taproom, in a growler (from their taproom), and in cans; all have been equally tasty, and I am a fan of it. Although it is not a Belgian completely, it reminds me of one. It has more flavor-and character- than an Oberon (from Bell's--also a favorite) while going down very easily; I can see drinking a lot of this on hot days--and it comes in cans, too.

It pours cloudy, and has that wheat'ish flavor with mild Belgian hints; although I am presently a big fan of American IPA beers, I really like Farm Hand Ale (which is almost 180 degrees from an IPA).

Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy pale yellow and a generous white head with merengue density that quickly ebbs.

Aromas of yeast, lemongrass, and sour mash.

Tart with essence of lemon. Mild pepper. Pears and white grape round this up.

Light-bodied with a spritz quality to it.

Sessionable saison. Cannot go wrong bringing this to any summer backyard gathering. Will be fantastic for the summer heat. Keeping the style in mind, Brewery Vivant made this easy going and thirst quenching as any farmhand would need. The style has been mastered well.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jon for this one.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, very light yellow color with a foamy white head that has pretty nice retention. Foamy lacing forms on the sides and reduces rather quickly.

S: Right away I almost get an apple juice aroma, followed by some wheat, honey, and some light spices.

T: Better than the aroma, none of that apple juice. Lemon and lemon zest, some light spicy yeast, and faint wheat/grainy malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, smooth and pretty easy drinking.

O: An easy drinking saison, but not overly amazing. Would be nice on a hot day relaxing though.

Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep yellow, slight peppery but mostly yeasty smelling. Highly carbonated which subtracted from mouthfeel, salty and not so drinkable saison.Thanks Steven. Fairly poor saison, uninteresting. I think they got this one wrong, athough most of the elements are there.

Photo of spacecake9
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass....
A - Pours a hazy golden amber color with small head.
S - Aroma is mild and a little funky.
T - The flavor is also mild, slightly funky, a little tart.
M - Thin, low carbonation.
O - I feel like I'm drinking a Light Saison. The aroma and flavor is right but light, which makes this a very drinkable beer but not complex or interesting.

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Farm Hand pours a very light straw color. Backlighting gives it a yellow-ish look. Carbonation is quite active, yielding a fluffy white head that stands over two and a half fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was sticky and thick. Not bad.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little on the weak side. It kicks off with a mix of earthy and musky notes. Belgian yeast is noticeable, but I wouldn’t mind a little more. Light fruit notes of apple and pear are noted. Smells a little malty and sweet. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t noticeable. It’s pretty good. More strength would help.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. It’s a tad fruity up front. Apple and pear are the most notable. It is earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a bit of a musky flavor that’s nice. It’s not funky though. Belgian yeast is flavorful and adds a bit of a spicy flavor to the mix. Alcohol seems light and is masked extremely well. It’s pretty good stuff. Finishes earthy with a spicy yeast flavor.

Farm Hand has a light-medium body. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light and smooth. It’s not quite smooth, but it’s not bad. Given the low abv, this stuff goes down easy. A 16 oz. can is a nice serving size. I do like the can.

Farm Hand is an okay release from Brewery Vivant. It isn’t bad by any stretch, it just seems like it needs a little more of everything. More aromatics, flavor, body, the works. All in all, it just seems a little light for a Saison. Ramp up everything a little and it just might shine. Not bad though. Definitely worth a try. I’m still taken aback by drinking Belgian style ales in a can. I like that!

Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from the brewery on my visit last week.

Pours a very hazy light color into a pint glass. A frothy head.

Aromas are of slightly funky Belgian yeast, a small hop presence, and a general sweetness.

The taste is light; very slightly acidic, a minimal hop presence, with a nice, tartness.

The mouthfeel is light, its not very carbonated, but this does not detract from my enjoyment.

Overall, less hoppy than I prefer with a saison, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of dbtossi
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light in color, not really full-bodied, but easy to drink

Photo of morimech
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color with slight haze. A massive head forms and settles to a thick cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Does not smell Belgian or for that matter, interesting. Pale malt is all that is detected. Hate to say this but it smells like a pale lager.

Pale malt flavor with just the slightest hint of Belgian yeast. Not much for esters or phenols. It is dry so that much I enjoyed.

Light body with lively carbonation. A little too thin to warrant a good score.

An uninspiring attempt at a Saison. Nothing off-putting but not interesting in the least.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale orange, billowing head of creamy foam initially that settles down to a wispy skim with minimal lacing.

Smells a bit musty and minerally, faint fruity notes of sliced pears.

Taste has a pleasantly dry, fruity tartness reminiscent of Fantôme. Pear, orange, apple, and lemon splash against a dry wheaty backbone that lends some crackery, grassy dryness on the back end. Body is lighter and juicy, carbonation seems to ebb towards the end of the glass. Thankfully this isn't overly yeasty and phenolic as many american saisons can be. Very quenching and surprisingly easy drinking. Overall a saison I can get behind, and a solid Fantôme substitute (which we all need). The tartness is by design, and something one would recognize as a desirable quality once familiar with the style.

Thanks to Justin for the trade...

Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Crystal and biscuit malt-like aromas up front a hint of tart fruit and spices. A bit bland smelling.

T: Light Belgian spice notes up front with crystal malt and biscuit-like flavors following. There are slight notes of fruit throughout with a dry, bready finish.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is very light and dry, which is nice.

O: An alright saison overall, though it lack depth of flavor and aroma.

Photo of britbrew10
1.89/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a lemony saison with an almost offensive, polarizing taste.

I wanted to like it because I enjoy Vivant's other canned offerings and their beer at the brewery is great. This one however is a huge disappointment.

P.S. Gives me a real dirty Busch Light type of buzz.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Brewery Vivant can glass.
5% ABV,

A - Farm Hand's fleeting white head sinks to a thin skim of foam above the still and hazy pale straw yellow beer, leaving it an attractive beer to sip.

S - Tart lactic acidity almost comes across the nose as a sour mash process (as opposed to yeast) giving way to cracker-like dry maltiness with a complimentary dry earth undertone and suggestions of bubble gum and lemongrass from the yeast.

T - Hoppier than expected, Farm Hand brings a lemony citrus twang to the delicately yeasty saison. Underlying biscuit-and-cracker malts pave the way for a refreshingly tart finish of lactic acidity.

M - Vibrant tartness starts and finish this delicate and refreshing saison while in between lands a kiss of hop bitterness that dials everything in just right.

O - Brewery Vivant's Farm Hand puts a truly unique spin on the saison style with a forward lactic acidity-like tartness that steals the show as opposed to the bigger Belgian overtones. The yeast nuances are there but subdued and soft, making this one hell of a good beer!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a small amount of white head.
S - Belgian yeast, bready malts, clove. Slightly sweet overall nose.

T - Belgian yeast, clove, bready malts, some sweetness and a touch of citrus in the background.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can picked up at Oades in East Lansing... poured into my slim tulip... the brew is very pale straw with a bunch of nucleation bubbles.. head is short lasting.

Nose shows bits of pear and underripe apple.. something that I associate with coriander.. grassy notes.

Flavor has not much of what I think of as a "European Model"... but the bones are there... wet hay... sorta dry lite toasty malt... a bit of lemon and cilantro stem .. very dry pear essence..

Body and carbonation are both light as should be..

Saisons can be all over the place... I think this one should be firmly stamped in the group that we should be paying attention too... I would buy it often if I had access.. if for no other reasons as it is refreshing and I expect the folks at Vivant to continually dial it.

Well done.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavo

Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy golden yellow. Pours a good amount of head at first then fades to about a 1/2 finger.

N: Bright, sour yeasty notes with some grass/hay, lemon peel, and apple skin.

T: Confirms nose. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and some fleshy white grapes followed by a grassy finish.

O: This is a simple, refreshing saison that is easy to drink, but has enough going on to give it the right amount of complexity for what it is. This is definitely NOT a "thinking man's saison", but I don't think that's what they are going for. Call it a "lawnmower saison". Call it a "front porch saison". Almost every beer has a time and a place.

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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
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